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West Campus' Langston and Sheldon's Rollings win Bee Coach of the Year honors

West Campus Warriors coach John Langston talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the CIF Northern California Division III  championship game on March 17, 2018.
West Campus Warriors coach John Langston talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the CIF Northern California Division III championship game on March 17, 2018. Special to The Bee

Sacramento Bee Girls Coach of the Year

John Langston, West Campus

After the final game of the 2017-18 season, John Langston stood behind his West Campus High School girls basketball team in the interview room and beamed.

Life is good when you repeat as a CIF State champion, which the Warriors did, leading Langston to say, "We're comfortable here. We love it here!"

Here was Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings and home of Langston's two proudest coaching moments. He is also a repeat winner as The Bee's Coach of the Year after directing a surprise lower seed through the postseason. West Campus went 29-7, ending on a 22-game winning streak and a 75-47 rout of Sunny Hills of Fullerton in the Division III championship. The Warriors went 9-0 in the playoffs and answered the call as heavy favorite despite their seeding.

"Coach Langston is everything to us," UCLA-bound guard Kiara Jefferson said.

Sheldon coach Joey Rollings on team's 61-60 victory against O'Dowd in the CIF Northern California boys finals at Leavey Center in Santa Clara, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Sacramento Bee Boys Coach of the Year

Joey Rollings, Sheldon

Moments after Sheldon High School beat Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland for the CIF Northern California Open Division championship, players turned to their beloved coach.

They embraced him, high-fived him and then laughed it up with him during a silly team-picture moment at midcourt at Leavey Center in Santa Clara.

There was a lot to smile about. Sheldon was the area's top team the entire season and ended up as the best in Northern California, too, making it a simple choice to have Rollings as The Bee's Coach of the Year.

Rollings said he expected the Huskies to compete for a Sac-Joaquin Section championship but wasn't sure if they were good enough to reach the CIF State finals. They were, and players looked to their coach as the reason why.

"He's our backbone, the No. 1 guy in this program," Sheldon center Chris Wriedt said.

Sheldon went 29-6, extended its winning streak to 50 in the Delta League, beat Folsom twice in the playoffs and went 22-2 down the stretch. The Huskies gave national powerhouse Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth a game, using its homegrown players to battle a team full of transfers and the sons of retired NBA players, falling 75-62 after it was close through three quarters.

Sheldon's top player was Dale Currie, The Bee's Player of the Year.

"The kids did all of this," Rollings said after the O'Dowd win.

The coach did, too.

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